The Humanitarian Response Plan / Humanitarian Needs Overview (HRP/HNO) Workshop was held 19-20 September and over 100 participants took note of the preliminary humanitarian planning figures identified (population, IDPs, returnees) and to use these figures to help formulate 2019 sector People in Need (PiN) and severity and complement sectorspecific data. The projected figures are:
• 1.2 - 1.5 million IDP returns
• 250,000 refugee returns
• 960,000 – 1.2 million IDP movements
The presidents of Turkey and Russia agreed on Monday 24th September to declare Syria's Idleb governorate a "demilitarized zone," with the aim of halting the Syrian government's assault on the region.
The decision been considered crucial to preventing a major humanitarian crisis.
As of September 2018, approximately 61% of people in need are in areas under government control, with the remainder in areas controlled by non-state armed groups and other forces.
The security situation across the country remains volatile and unstable with the most intense violence now limited to a handful of areas, while many other parts of the country remain fragile with severe latent humanitarian needs.